Today we said goodbye to our dear friends Evan and Sheila and their little girl Tava as they head back to Minnesota. We miss them so much! They are such wonderful friends!
As I said goodbye, I couldn't help but reflect on friendship-my friendships. Growing up, my parents wanted my older sister and I to be best friends, so we were never allowed to have close friends outside of each other. While I can see some validity to this way of thinking, it also severely crippled me when it came to making friends once my sister and I were no longer living near each other. I struggle being a friend and have a lot of insecurities, wondering if I am "cool enough" to remain certain people's friends. Today I just took a step back and was extremely thankful for the wonderful, wonderful friends that God has put in my life that accept me for exactly who I am and who don't make me play mind games or dance around in a circle to make them happy. Friends that I am not always wondering if they are mad at me for some miniscule thing I did or didn't do- friends that are there to help me when I need it the most-friends who don't always need a big planned event, but are just willing to hang out- friends who continued to encourage me even in the darkest of hours when I found out that my baby had Down Syndrome-friends who even though we could be separated by hundreds of miles and I am a horrible phone person continue to be there-friends who ooh and aah over Addison when I need to hear it the most- friends who still come back the next day to teach me how to run after I gloated an unjust game victory until everyone around me was almost physically ill. (-:
I am happy to report that my sisters are some of my closest friends, but I am also so very, very thankful for friends who don't have to be nice to me because they are related, but still befriend me despite my prickles and standoffishness (if that is a word).
Anyway, this is a big THANK YOU- for putting up with me and for making life so much more enjoyable!
(If you thought this post was going to be about the sitcom Friends based on the title, sorry. but I do love that show!)